Men's Swimmers and Divers Earn Academic Accolades
July 6, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- The Navy men's swimming and diving program recently had 10 members of its squad named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for the sport. The 10 Mids were among the 97 men's swimmers and divers from around the league to earn the accolade, which required a minimum 3.20 grade-point average for the 2012 spring semester.
Of the 10 Mids to earn the academic honor, four competed at the recent U.S. Olympic Trials and six garnered All-Patriot League accolades this season. Navy as a team set a league record by winning all 18 swimming events to win the program's ninth Patriot League title in as many years the squad has competed at the event before going on to win its fourth-consecutive ECAC title.
Mark Meyer (Bethesda, Md.) was the lone member of Navy's Class of 2012 to receive the laurel. The systems engineering major posted a 3.69 GPA during his final semester on The Yard. The four-time First-Team All-Patriot League performer won the 200 fly at the 2012 Patriot League Championship while also placing third in the 100 fly and seventh in the 200 individual medley at the meet. A competitor at the 2011 NCAA Championship, Meyer placed 22nd in the 200 fly at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
A total of five rising seniors from Navy were named to the academic honor roll. Ben Bondurant (Atlanta, Ga.) compiled a 3.65 GPA as an English major, Hugh Davison (Towson, Md.) posted a 3.70 GPA while majoring in systems engineering, Andrew Feeney (Norcross, Ga.) earned a 3.80 GPA in the classroom while majoring in economics, Joseph Stark (Erie, Pa.) accrued a 3.39 GPA as a naval architecture major, with fellow naval architecture major Justin Vagts (Crofton, Md.) finishing the spring term with a 3.78 GPA.
Bondurant earned first-team all-league laurels this season after winning the 200 individual medley, placing second to Meyer in the 200 fly and finishing in fourth place in the 100 fly at the league championship. He would go on to place 60th in the 200 fly at the Olympic Trials.
Davison joined Meyer and Bondurant in earning first-team all-league laurels this season. He did so thanks to his winning the 200 free, placing third in the 100 free and finishing seventh in the 500 free at the league championship. Davison finished in 132nd place in the 100 free at the Olympic Trials.
Feeney was one of the keys to Navy winning the ECAC title this spring. He placed second in both breaststroke events at the meet to help the Mids claim the team title.
Stark placed no lower than fifth in each of his three events at the Patriot League Championship. This included third-place showings in both the 200 back and 400 individual medley events. These efforts earned him First-Team All-Patriot League honors this season.
Vagts put together an impressive championship season this spring. He first won the 500 free and 400 individual medley finals and placed second in the 1650 free event at the Patriot League Championship to earn swimmer-of-the-year accolades. After narrowly missing qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Championship, Vagts placed 38th in the 1500 free and 53rd in the 400 IM at the Olympic Trials.
Rising juniors Ben Freedman (Kennewick, Wash.) and Brian Sweeney (Ellicott City, Md.) also were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Freedman earned second-team all-league honors this season after placing second on both diving boards at the league meet. The systems engineering major recorded a 3.53 GPA in the classroom this spring. Meanwhile, Sweeney was one of six men's swimmers and divers in the league to attain a 4.00 GPA for the term. A chemistry major, Sweeney scored points for the Mids in a trio of events at the ECAC Championship. His efforts included him placing third in the final of the 200 individual medley.
Rounding out the list of Navy's academic honorees is rising sophomore Ben Hagen (Hershey, Pa.), who posted a 3.50 GPA this spring and has selected political science as a major. The backstroke swimmer saw action in just three meets this season for the Mids.